New UN resolution imposes no sanctions on Assad regime

Russia and China have previously vetoed UN resolutions designed to pressure the Syrian government. Although Russia has proposed a new UN resolution for Syria, suggesting an extension of the UN mission for three months, it still fails to impose any sanctions on the Assad regime. The new UN resolution is therefore unlikely to satisfy members of the Security Council that have called for a resolution under chapter seven of the UN Charter, which would allow diplomatic and economic sanctions or even military intervention. The future of the UN mission in Syria must be decided before 20thJuly when the UN’s initial mandate expires, so the deeply divided Council is under extreme pressure to find a comprehensive political solution as soon as possible.

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